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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 26, 2010 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Maybe about 2-3 years ago I was listening to this show a lot and this Dark Star was one of my favorite pieces of music. The memories surrounding the creation of this poem are quite hazy but I remember it being a profound moment and I think it turned out pretty good, so here goes (I think inhaling some herbal goodies and listening while reading will give the intended effect):


dark star is like jungle noises
bordering on jazz
swarming insects, rodents, snakes
and water dripping over all of it

lucious greens tower over ants
thick canopies supporting views
of vibrant tree top fields
and we are flying, taken by the wind

like the flight of a bumble bee
meandering yet headed in just
one certain direction
as they (the directions) present themselves

the senses alerting, nerves responding,
nervous muscle reacting, contracting with it
resounding, reverberating
undulating large & small
crossing between each other
in atonal passages of a single key

rainbow scales on this fat rainbow fish
with the stripe straight as an arrow
and the thing flying in the summer air, lazily exciting

the village gathers around the
electrical microphone - proverbial fire
and chants the words of a life
and the voices share the spirit
of their place & joy
and this in the midst of all
seemingly natural & somewhat brutal
actions of circle life & death,

as the tiger must chase down an antelope for dinner
and a monkey finds a fruit
bird finds a bug
critters finding nuts
giraffes eating long leaves in the Saharan afternoon
under that same one blazing sun,
we all do what it begs of us -
to live, to reproduce, to eat,
to make a colony or spend your life
rolling around piles of dung in the desert,
as long as you're living it, the sun approves

and so phil's bass solo
soon made way for the deeper portion
of the second onslaught on the perception
of dimensions:

space, time, parallel universes
working in sync with each other
like our great galaxy and all its ever-spinning neighbors
unto infinity meshing with all other orbits
in giant mysterious grand plan of eventuality
and you know that it was all just bound to happen
and that you could see it all if you had
the right telescope or microscope
or permanent third eye piece
somewhere in the cerebral region

my, my, what a celebration of intellectual prowess
and of course it all comes back
to earnest real actions because after all,
a perspective is good mostly for doing things with it

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 26, 2010 7:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness


Now that you've brought it up ...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-08-27.sbd.hollister.2199.sbeok.shnf

I'll leave it to others to suggest the best sound source.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Aug 26, 2010 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

i like this version the best:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-08-27.sbd.latvala-eaton-lutch-dankseed.4682.shnf

it doesn't have all the funny stage banter but its the best sounding copy i've heard.

and what is there to say about this absolutely transcendent show that already hasn't been said at some point? probably not much. while there is plenty of subjective debate about what the greatest dead show of all time is, imho this is a strong contender...

i dig the poem btw...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

CC , 38 years ago . That's a big number . Does anyone know the temp. that day ?
The highlights for me are the Bird Song , GSET , D/S -> EP & SMBH . The whole show , Wow .
Has anyone ever seen the whole , uncut , Sunshine Daydream ?

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Poster: snori Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

I think the one I have is uncut - it will be getting an anniversary viewing later tonight.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Anyone know where I could buy this video? YouTube clips don't cut it.

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Poster: snori Date: Aug 27, 2010 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Believe it or not I got mine from Amazon in spite of several people pointing out it wasn;t a legitimate release. Tie-dye yellow and green sleeve excellent quality and cot about 15 dollars.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 27, 2010 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

duh... guess I should've looked harder. thank you.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 27, 2010 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

yeah, I had to read back to see if anyone mentioned the Sing Me Back Home ... exquisite.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Not Jer's blistering fast leads in Bertha?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 27, 2010 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

It's all good . Has that vibe , that feel . Those are the consistent face melters and balls out R&R .
Cornell may have the numbers , but Veneta has the guns ( a little play on Five to One , twisted about of course ).

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 27, 2010 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Sound so nice I had to listen twice

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 27, 2010 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

If there is an example of Jerry playing faster than that, I have not heard it! Definately my favorite performance of Bertha!

Jim, are you going to see the Rhythm Devils at the Blue Point Brewery on Sunday?

http://www.bluepointbrewing.com/

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 27, 2010 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

No - I will be out sailing on the bay

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 27, 2010 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972/8/27 Dark Star stream of consciousness

Cool, thanks!!

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